The Dallas Mavericks G League affiliate the Texas Legends started the home part of their 2021 NBA G-League schedule against the Birmingham Squadron. The Legends were able to dominate the squadron and win in front of their home crowd for the first time in two years. Here is a closer look at how they performed.
Texas Legends win Friday night home opener
Friday night was the home opener for the Legends at the Comerica Center, and it was great to hear the crowd back in the arena. The players each got introduced and each of them got a massive ovation.
Carlik Jones dominated the Squadron from the opening tipoff as he was able to put up 34 points, eight assists, and eight rebounds. Fellow guard JaQuori McLaughlin finished the game with 17 points and Justin Jackson produced 16.
The play of the game that got the crowd and the Legends bench on their feet was a monster Carlik Jones dunk in the fourth quarter. One that made fans wonder why he was left off the final roster for the Mavericks.
The Squadron went on one more scoring run with under 4 minutes left, but it would not be enough as the Texas Legends won the game 108-100. After the game, Carlik Jones gave his game-worn sneakers to one lucky young fan in attendance.
Texas Legends call for backup on Saturday night
On Saturday afternoon, the Mavericks announced that Moses Brown and Josh Green would be sent down to the Legends for assignment. This is the first time this season that the Mavericks have sent players down to the Legends for playing time.
Moses Brown went out on the court and put on a show for the fans that attended Saturday night's game as he finished 23 points and 16 rebounds. He constantly showed his dominance against Zylan Cheatam with dunks like this at the rim.
Carlik Jones continued to impress with 22 points and eight assists. Josh Green also had a good night finishing with 20 points and five dimes. The Legends dominated the Squadron after halftime and never allowed them to get back in the game as they went on to win the 117-102 and are now 4-0 on the season.
3 Texas Legends takeaways from this weekend
The first thing to take away from these games is that this team is stacked with talent. From Carlik Jones to Justin Jackson, they have playmakers that go out on the court and win games from the opening tip-off. This might be the best team the Legends have had since they were created in 2006.
The second thing to take away is Carlik Jones is going to be playing in the NBA one day for the Mavericks. He is the secondary ball-handler the Mavs are looking to help Luka on the court. If Carlik continues this dominance, Trey Burke won't be a Dallas Maverick much longer.
The last thing to take away is the Legends randomly shoot 3-pointers as the Mavericks do during games. When I was at the games, the Legends would run plays that averaged eight to ten passes before someone had a wide-open look for a shot. Hopefully, Luka took a lesson away from Saturday night's game. He and the entire Mavericks organization were in attendance.
The Texas Legends hit the road this week as they have games on Tuesday and Thursday against the Memphis Hustle.